Perfection from the dirt of imperfection

Sunday, June 6, 2010 at 7:17 am

Jim Joyce – maybe a name you don’t knew, or perhaps only learned of recently…he’s the umpire who’s incorrect call blew Detroit Tiger’s Armando Galarraga’s perfect game. Rather than berate, cajole, spit, kick or punch, Galarraga did the unexpected – he graciously accepted Joyce’s apology without anger or malice. Remind me again, when do you see that in baseball? Uh…almost never…Perfection is so rare in this game, but the record books will never reflect this event. Yet so many of us will. Joyce was quick to apologize, with tears, Galarraga was quick to accept it, and they both conducted themselves like the gentlemen they are. So, then, what was imperfect became perfect after all.

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  1. Did you see the actions the next day? Galarraga presented the line-up card for Detroit at the home plate umpire-coahes meeting. Joyce was crying and gave a playful chuck to Galarraga’s shoulder after the meeting. The team also gave Galarraga a corvette for his efforts! All in all an amazing story as you have said.

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